I realize that it has been quite a long period of time (years, if fact) since this site has received any sort of status or content updates and for that I must sincerely apologize. For those of you still reading after all of these years, my sincere appreciation goes out to you. I feel I owe some explanation and context for what the situation is as I've garnered that there are still interested parties when it comes to the status of such an old website.
I created this place with a friend way back in 2009 as we had both been familiar with Chick Tracts for most of our lives, were both fairly militant atheists and were both deeply disturbed with the encroachment and stranglehold that religious (particularly Christian) fundamentalism held over our society and culture. We had a lot of critiques on the content of Chick's work (low hanging fruit that it might be) and fancied ourselves to be at least moderately funny. So we decided to go though the nine chapters of Chick's 1978 comic book "The Marriage Mess
", write down our comments as a sort of dialog a' la Mystery Science Theatre 3000
as well as other contemporary and similar (and mostly long dead) websites like Enter the Jabberwock
, and throw it on the internet on the website we had previously set up to house our endeavors in computer animated film
. A lot of viewers probably aren't even aware of the original intent of this website which is a testament to how our Tract Dissections proved to ultimately be far more popular. So we continued to produce them. Our focus had always been on collaborative efforts and so we coordinated with others who could provide their own unique perspectives on the work to add to our own and help to ultimately spread the overall workload. People seemed to think that we were funny and the site flourished… which was great.
Eventually, my friend and I had a personal falling out and we, unfortunately, no longer speak to one another. With the help of fans I had met through the site I was able to continue to keep the content flowing somewhat regularly for a few more years. But my mental health has waxed and waned throughout and it became exponentially more difficult to continue to put in the momentous amounts of effort necessary to coordinate all of the separate people and moving parts, manually create each new page by hand, post the updates and market the content on social media. I also started to feel that while I was still at least moderately eloquent, I wasn't really still funny, at least not to the extent I had once been. My friend and I had great chemistry together and our best work came when we could play off of one another. Once he was gone I no longer seemed to be able to produce the same quality work that I had previously.
As you are no doubt aware, the last significant content update came in early 2018 after an increasing long period between postings. While I haven't written or posted any new content in some time, I have continued to pay the server and domain costs for all of this time… and this page has always at least been open on a tab in my web browser. I continued to keep it up partially as a monument to my lost friendship and to the last thing we had done together that was at all remotely popular. I could always go back to what we had written and it could feel as though we were still talking to one another, and I just could never seem to let that die and disappear.
I've occasionally looked in on the ancient chat plug-in on this page and observed people speaking back and forth, wondering what had happened and if the site would ever start producing again. It was a bit flattering that people were still interested after so long, and it hurt because I understood that some people felt abandoned… sort of like I also did. My silence hasn't been justified or excusable, and for that I must again sincerely apologize.
In truth, I still don't have the stamina or fortitude to continue to put into this site the effort I did in the past. But I also am still not willing to just let it vanish. It was (and at least somewhat) still is important to me, and presumably other people, that it continues to exist. We have contributions by relatively famous YouTube atheists like Aron Ra
and Steve Shives
who still produce content today. While Chick himself may be a few years in the ground himself
, I don't believe the basic premise and appeal of the content is limited or diminished. People in the chat have expressed a willingness to help keep it alive through curation and continued content submission and I am certainly amenable to those ideas. It would be great to switch to a better (cheaper) and easier content provider and update model. It would be awesome to go back and fix the numerous links in the existing content that have broken over the years. But I still don't think I have the ability to be the sole (or even the primary) catalyst for these changes.
If I am correct and people are still listening, and if they are willing to partner up to help bring this back, then I hope that they would choose to speak up now, either in the chat box above or by sending an email to email@example.com
and letting me know. If we can work something out, hopefully we can modernize this place and bring it back to life. If not, at least it will continue to serve as a historical repository of what once was… at least until I either run out of money or drop dead myself.
Thank you for your time, whoever you may be, and I hope to hear from you.